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Late Summer Sun-Down Social Reminder

Hi all. Just a final reminder that this coming Sunday will see the DSRA’s late summer BBQ event on the 9th floor roof terrace of Gaumont Tower. And just to mention that although it is advertised as running from 5-7pm, no-one will be shooed away at 7pm: With the Paralympic closing ceremony due to kick-off at 9pm that evening, complete with fireworks, it should be a fun evening (even the weather forecast is currently favourable). Be there, or be (Dalston) Square! ūüôĄ Click the thumbnail below for the full-size poster.


A Bit Of This…..

Hello all, I have some news and updates to share and will try not to ramble too much.

Firstly, some good news for those of you still using E.On as your electricity supplier (not to be confused with E.On heat supply). It has been pointed out that most energy suppliers now offer discounts to customers who use a single supplier for both their electricity and gas supply, and how unfair it is that although we have no gas we are tied to E.on for our heat, but still we do not qualify for some kind of discount also. Well, thanks to some great detective work from Andy T. (resident of Labyrinth Tower), it seems we are eligible for a discount after all. There is, however, a problem in that although E.On have agreed to give us the discount, it is not yet set up in their billing software: I have spent over an hour in total, in four phone calls, over 3 days trying to get it arranged for myself. So, I have an arrangement with a supervisor at E.On whereby as soon as things are set within their systems, I will be advised that they are ready to receive calls from all residents for whom this will apply, and of course I will then let you all know exactly how to claim this discount for yourselves. And do not worry that you are missing out whilst being delayed: E.On are back-dating the discount to the beginning of your account with them! Pretty cool I think you will agree. It could be 4-6 weeks I am told but will get back to you all as soon as I hear from E.On.

Next up, another find from Andy T. (he has been a busy boy) that will be useful for anyone struggling with anti-social neighbours and loud parties. As well as being able to phone the Hackney Council noise pollution team to make formal complaints (020 8356 4455), they also have a website for the same purpose: Click HERE to go straight to it. Just one request though: If you do contact the council directly regarding a party or generally noisy neighbours, please be sure to report it to the concierge as well so it gets logged in Consort’s log-book. Thanks.

On a more positive note, Hackney council now have a webpage dedicated to Dalston Square and the activities organised by their Culture & Community Engagement Forum. You can find it HERE. As you will see, there is already quite a lot of events on the cards, with plenty more to come I believe. Check it out to see the details of this coming Sunday’s (tomorrow’s) t-shirt design & printing event that is completely free for under 18s: Very cool. Do please note that under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. The event will take place in the library, spilling out into the Square if weather permits. Click the thumbnail image at the bottom of this post to see their advertising poster.

Lastly, a word regarding posting comments to these blog posts. Please do not use fake names and spurious email addresses, and please keep the comment relevant to the post you are commenting against. All other comments or questions should be posted to the discussions forum. Many thanks.


DSRA Late-Summer Social

Hello friends and neighbours. As you all know, we held a DSRA meeting during the week and I will be posting the minutes of that meeting soon. In the meantime, we did finalise plans for a late-summer get-together. Open to all residents of Dalston square (and any friends you wish to bring with you), it will be a BBQ event held on the 9th floor terrace of Gaumont tower. The RA will (fingers crossed) supply the grill, so bring some food & drink (something to share?) a plate and a glass, and come to meet your neighbours! Click the thumbnail image below to see the poster with the details.

 


Meetings

Hello neighbours. Two meetings to talk about, one past and one up-coming. Firstly the meeting past. July 18th saw the latest meeting of the Culture and Community Engagement Forum, and I have posted the minutes from this meeting to our discussions Forum HERE. Secondly, the next DSRA general meeting is to be held Tuesday of next week, 14th August, 7.00pm at 32 Raddon Tower. As per usual it is expected to last an hour and a half to two hours, and all Dalston Square residents (owners and renters alike) are invited to come along: The more active members we have, the stronger our voice in negotiation.

And here is the agenda for that meeting:

1. Buildings Sub Committee report back. Progress on our back-log of repair requests

2. Anti Social Behaviour issues РA report back re meeting in July with Consort and Council 

Progress in establishing positive expectations/good neighbourliness

3. Cultural events in the Square –¬†Cultural Sub Committee

Making the Square a community space for all.

4. Where next for the DSRA? 

One Committee for whole complex?¬†Democracy?¬†Open Committee with sub Committees? Keeping it manageable.¬†Time to cover a full ¬† ¬† ¬†agenda? Are some items best left to sub-committees?¬†Elections or appointment of officers? Chair, Secretary etc.: Is this desirable?¬†Continue with current ‘semi formal’ structures of self appointed volunteers?

5. Communications

a)¬†email lists – ¬†i) ‘Activists list¬†ii) Full residents list

b) website

c) newsletter

6. Summer Social

Roof Garden ‚Äď Sept¬†9th –¬†People back from summer breaks and¬†closing ceremony of the Paralympics so fireworks?

7. AOB


Two Dates For Your Diary

Hello neighbours. Firstly, Gerard Hayes, our on-site development manager from Consort Property Management, is holding another surgery to answer any questions you may have for him: Wednesday 1st August, 6.00pm to 8.00pm. To reserve your 10 minute slot contact Gerard by email at gerard.hayes@consortpm.co.uk, or by phone on 0207 2490896.

Secondly, a plug for a charity event. I am sure most of you are aware of Oxfam, and the incredible work they do around the world. Most of you will also be aware that they have a shop here in Dalston at 514-518 Kingsland road (just 2 minutes from the Square and recently declared London’s best charity shop for books and records by Time Out magazine – click HERE to read the article). Now, just for the sake of transparency I will tell you I volunteer one day a week to work in the shop (volunteers are always needed to help process donations and keep the shelves and racks on the shop floor stocked, so if you can spare a half-day or more each week, please do drop in and speak to a staff member). Also, instead of contributing to the local land-fill, please consider donating your unwanted items: No electrical or electronic goods please, but clothing, books, music & movies, general housewares and any other unwanted goods in good condition are always welcome.

And so to the special event. Over the past several months the guys at the shop have been saving the high-fashion and quality designer and vintage clothing and accessories that have been donated. These will go on sale at a special late night shop opening on Friday 3rd August. Titled ‘Oxfam Chic’, the sale will run from 6.30pm to approx 9.00pm. There will be light refreshments and nibbles available, and Steve, the shop manager, will be donning his DJ hat to supply some cool tunes. There really are going to be some amazing bargains to be had, so get yourselves along there! Click the pic below to see the full-size advertising poster (designed by the Squares own Stephen Humphries – thanks Steve).


Olympic Torch In Hackney

Hello friends and neighbours. I have received another event flyer from Cory Defoe, Town Centre Manager from the Regeneration Delivery Team of Hackney Council, to share with you all. This flyer covers the course of, and events surrounding, the Olympic torch through Hackney as a whole. There is a Dalston specific flyer in the works and I will share this with you as soon as I receive it. Click the thumb-nailed images below to see the full size version.

 

 

 

 


Peacocks Round 2

Hi all,

Apologies for the short notice on this, but I have only today received it my myself. As some of you may be aware, an application to Hackney Council to redevelop 51-57 Kingsland High Street (the current site of Peacocks’ shop, next to Dalston Kingsland Station) was rejected last year, in part I believe because of pressure exerted on the council by local residents (it was an interesting design but far from ‘in keeping’ with the rest of the high street). Now there are new plans afoot. The Council is holding a public exhibition on these new plans, to include images and detailed information of the proposal, in the CLR James Library, here in the Square, Wednesday of this week (11th July). The exhibition will be open from 12 noon until 19.30, and members of the project team will be there to answer questions. Below is the info leaflet I received this afternoon (click on the images for the full-size version).

 

 


Dalston Square As A Public Space

As you may or may not know, Dalston Square is the largest public space created in London since the 1940s. What you probably do not know is that the local council are very keen to make the Square a place for the whole community to enjoy (not just the residents) and, to this end, have created ‘The Dalston Square Culture & Community Engagement Forum’.

Though the Square is still some way from finished (early 2013 is the latest estimate I have heard for this), some small events have already happened: You surely saw the kiddies climbing wall some weeks ago, and if you were lucky you caught one of the 2 contemporary dance performances a couple of Saturdays ago (I have to say dance is not normally my thing but I thought it was great: Very clever and imaginative).

Anyhow, the Engagement Forum held a meeting a couple of weeks ago and I have been sent a copy of the minutes of that meeting, by Lucy McMenemy, the Cultural Programme Officer for Dalston at Hackney Council, so I could share them with you all. I for one am very pleased to know that the local council are serious about making the Square not just a great place to live, but a public space the whole community of Dalston and beyond can enjoy.

I have posted those minutes in a new thread over at our discussions Forum which you can access directly by clicking HERE.